Opportunities to Learn More and Get Involved
City Schools' budget is a reflection of the needs and priorities of the thousands of students, families, staff, partners, and stakeholders we serve. That's why active, informed participation in all aspects of budget development — from advocating for the resources our students deserve to giving input to principals about priorities for your school — is not only welcome, but essential.
Here are ways to learn more about school and district budgets and get involved.
Budgeting at your school
Board policy requires that principals keep school communities informed about budget development and seek input on budget priorities. Check this schedule to see when budget meetings will be held at your school.
District priority sessions
With budget development getting underway, City Schools wants to hear from the community about priorities. What are the most important next steps for the district's blueprint for success? What are the top priorities for supporting student's academic achievement? What additional programs and services can help students succeed? At a series of sessions between November and January, the public can join the discussion about district priorities, learn how budgets are developed to support priorities, share ideas on next steps, and find out how to participate at the school level. Download the event flyer for dates, times, and locations.
School funding work sessions
A group representing traditional schools, charter schools, and the district office is holding work sessions throughout the fall, looking at how schools are funded with the goal of recommending how funding forumlas and processes could be more transparent and easily understood, while ensuring equity across school types. All stakeholders are invited to attend the sessions. More information and meeting schedule here.
Board budget forums
In early November, the Board of School Commissioners held a public forum to gather input on funding priorities in advance of development of the 2019-20 budget. Video of that event is available here. A second forum will be scheduled to gather input on that budget once it is drafted.
State funding: Information sessions on recommendations from the Kirwan commission
The state's Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (the "Kirwan commission") is charged with making recommendations on what would be needed for Maryland's schools to perform at the level of the world's top education systems and on needed changes to state funding of schools serving students from pre-k to 12th grade. The commission's recommendations are expected to be discussed during the 2019 session of the General Assembly.
What would a world-class education system look like in Baltimore? What funding formulas would ensure equity for Baltimore's students? With input from stakeholders and advocates and reflecting research-based best practices in urban education, City Schools is drafting its vision for Baltimore's schools under a new state funding formula. Check back for more information throughout fall and winter 2018-19.